Vaccinations for negative partner in serodiscordant relationship
Jan 31, 2011
I am the negative partner in a serodiscordant relationship.
There is plenty of information on which vaccinations are recommended for persons living with HIV. However, I am wondering: Is there there any information on whether the negative partner's immunizations can affect a positive partner's health risks.
Is it necessary, or even recommended, for the negative partner in a serodiscordant relationship to receive the recommended immunizations for HIV+ adults?
Response from Dr. McGowan
Thanks for your question.
There may be a slight risk to the HIV-infected partner if a household member received a "live virus" vaccination. These vaccine strains can be shed and could affect a person. The risk would be most important for a person with low CD4 counts (less than 200 cells). The most common vaccinations of this type would be Measles, Mumps, Rubella or Varicella (or Zoster) vaccines.
There are no special recommended vaccinations for a partner of an HIV infected person since their immune systems should be intact. If a partner also had active hepatitis B then either partner should be vaccinated for hep B.
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